Gulmarg, Summer Capital for skiers in South Asia - Travel Guide


  Gulmarg is a hill station and land of Snowfall and ice capped mountains in Kashmir State, India. Gulmarg named renamed by Chak Dynasty ruler Yusuf Shah, it was originally called Gauri marg or Path of Devi Gauri. It is situated in the Baramulla District of Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir.

Gulmarg, Summer Capital


  Gulmamrg is in the Range of Pir panjal range of The Himalaya. It is covered completely with Snow during winter time from November to March. December to February is the right time for Ski here. It is most famous for snowboarding, ski, Cable car (Gondola Car) Ride and the most beautiful iconic views.


How to reach Gulmarg

By Flight, Srinagar is the nearby airport to Gulmarg which is around 54 kms away, you can hire a cab or taxi to reach Gulmarg.

By Train, Jammu railway station is the only nearest railway station to Gulmarg which is around 320 Kms away, you can hire a taxi to reach and it will take 7 to 9 hours to reach gulmamrg


Best time to visit Gulmarg

   If you are planning to visit Gulmarg and your purpose to see Snowfall and want to enjoy snow sports activities then you can come between October to March, which is the iconic time to be here. And if you want to explore nature with some peaks and beautiful valleys then you can come here between May to July, and September.


Places to see in Gulmarg

 In Gulmarg, main attractions are its Gondola Ride (cable car), Golf cource and snow everywhere. Let’s explore below.

Gondola  Ride

 Gulmarg have one of the best Gondola ride or Cable car ride in the World. It has two phase, First is Gulmarg to Kungdoor and second is Kungdoor to Mount Apharwat. You can easily book your ride on Gulmarg Gondola official website of govt. It has the beautiful experience where you ride between pine and fir trees covered with Snow. When you reach to the top you will be on another world. It has the most alluring views in the world.

Mount Apharwat

 Mount Apharwat or Mount afarwat is the Highest peak of Gulmamrg which is located at 4390 m of height above Sea level. It receives most heavy snowfall and it is covered with snowfall throughout the year. LOC is clear from here you can watch Indo Pak Border. You will get one of the best aerial view of earth from this Place in your life. Mount Apharwat view is spellbinding you have to visit here. If you will not be here, then there is no reason to go Gulmarg.

Places to see in Gulmarg


Alpathar Lake

 Alpathar lake is one of the most beautiful lake in India. It is around 13 Kms from Gulmarg town. To reach Alpathar lake you can do hiking and if you are unable to do then take Gondola phase ride till Second phase then leave for Alpathar lake which is 2 kms away from here. Alpathar lake have a really lush views having blue water surrounded by moutains covered with Snow. Describing here is not possible just find some picture you will get how much beautiful this lake is.

Alpathar lake have a really lush views


Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

 Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve covered 180 Sq kms of Area and it is home of many rare and common species of flora and fauna like Leopard, Musk Deer, Hangul, Serwo, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Red Fox etc and Shrubs like Sorbaria Tomentosa, Indigofera Heterantha,, also Abies Pindrow, Aesculus Indica, Cedrus Deodara etc.

 In Gulmarg there are many more places to visit few more like Strawberry fields, Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah for Fishing, Seven Springs, Children's Park, Shrine of Baba Reshi, Maharani Temple, St. Marry Church, Tangmarg, Lien Marg, Imambara Goom etc.


Sports activities in Gulmarg

 In Gulmarg you can do many sports activities and other activities which you have to try like-

Cross Country Skiing

 It is most famous in Gulmarg is one of the best experience for you if you are a sports lover. Gulmarg have one of the best snow which is perfect for Skiing like Powder snow. You can do it here.


Ice Skating

 Ice skating is also a good experience. If you are perfect in it or biginner there is no problem. Just try at least this will give you another good experience that you have try. Ice skating place is near to Gondola Base station.

Sledding

 If you are not good in anything mention above then sledding will never be a difficult task for you. It is one of the best experiences. There are several points where you can do sledding just to sit on a sledding plate something or board something  and start sliding. Ask your tour operator or driver he will arrange for you if you are in Gulmarg.


Where to Stay in Gulmarg

 Gulmarg is a place which is famous for its view. So it is sometimes not easy to choose perfect location for your stay. There are many location to stay like Tanmarg area, Gulmarg Town, Gulmarg gondola area which are best for you. 


Traditional cuisine of Gulmarg

 Kashmir is also famous for its Cuisine. There are saveral dishes which are famous among foodies like Modur Pulav, Yakhni or Yoghurt Lamb (Curry), Rogan Josh, Dum Olav, Goshtaba, Lyodur Tschaman(veg) etc. It is easily available at the traditional Restaurents or Dhaba's.

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Tarun Harit.

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